Delsea Regional High School

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Delsea Regional High School
242 Fries Mill Road
New Jersey Franklinville, NJ 08322

Type Public high school
Established 1960
School district Delsea Regional School District
Principal Paul Berardelli
Vice Principals Helen Divens
George Passante
Faculty 82.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment 1,202 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.66:1[1]
Color(s)      Red
Athletics conference Tri-County Conference
Nickname Crusaders

Delsea Regional High School is a four-year comprehensive regional public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Elk Township (feeding into Delsea from Aura Elementary School, which serves grades 3-6) and Franklin Township (from Caroline L. Reutter, which serves grades 5-6 as of 2010), in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Delsea Regional School District.[2] The school district gets its name from its location just off Delsea Drive, which runs from Westville, New Jersey on the Delaware River to Wildwood, New Jersey on the Jersey shore, hence the name Del-Sea.

The Delsea Regional District was established in 1960, before which high school students from the two townships attended Clayton Middle/High School.[3] The district celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.[4]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,202 students and 82.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.66:1. There were 242 students (20.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 82 (6.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

A report prepared in 2004 for the Franklin Township Public Schools considered the options of forming a consolidated PreK-12 all-purpose regional district, establishing both Elk and Franklin Townships as separate PreK-12 districts and leaving the current situation unchanged. The report concluded that the greatest educational and financial benefits could be achieved through the creation of a consolidated PreK-12 district that would include all three existing districts.[5]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 235th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 246th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 202nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 230th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8] ranked the school 193rd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 68 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the two components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), mathematics (81.1%) and language arts literacy (90.1%).[9]


Delsea Regional High School's Drama program has included All Shook Up (2013), Legally Blonde (2012), Hairspray (2011), Annie (2010), Footloose (2009), The Wizard of Oz (2008), Beauty and the Beast (2007), Grease (2006), West Side Story (2005), Into the Woods (2004), My Fair Lady (2003), Oliver! (2002), Bye Bye Birdie (2001) and Annie (2000).


Delsea Regional High School is a member school in the Tri-County Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[10]

Delsea won the girl's Group III state soccer championship, with a win in the tournament final over Ramsey High School.[11]

The baseball team won the South Jersey Group III championship in 2005 with an 8-6 win against Lower Cape May Regional High School.[12][13]

The football team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional championships in 1976, 1982, 1984, 1986, 2000, 2008 and 2009, in addition to winning in Group III in both 1979 and 2005.[14]

The 2005 football team won the South, Group III state sectional title with a 21-6 win against Lacey Township High School.[15] The 2008 Football team won the South Jersey, Group II title with a win over West Deptford High School by a 17-14 margin, after entering the final quarter down by a touchdown, and scoring 10 points to take the lead, capped off by the winning field goal which was kicked as the game ended.[16]

The 2009 football team went 11-1, won the South Jersey, Group II title with a 40-22 win over Haddonfield Memorial High School, and set the South Jersey all time scoring record for points in a season with 510, breaking the record of 506 that had been set by Paulsboro High School in 2001.[17][18]

The girls cross country team won Group II state championships in 2009.[19]

Delsea was recognized statewide by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association as Group III winner of the 2009-10 ShopRite Cup, achieving first place finishes in Girls Cross‐Country, Football, both Girls and Boys Indoor Relays, Girls Indoor Track and Field, Girls Outdoor Track and Field, second place Boys Outdoor Track and Field, third place finishes in Softball (tied) and Boys Indoor Track and Field, with the addition of three points awarded for having no disqualifications during the winter season.[20]

The NJSIAA recognized Delsea again in 2010-11 as winner of the ShopRite Cup for Group III, awarded for first place finishes in Indoor Track & Field Relays for both Boys and Girls, Indoor Group Track & Field for both Boys and Girls, and in Girls Outdoor Track & Field, second in Football, third in Wrestling (tied) and fourth place in Girls Cross‐Country, along with six additional points for having no disqualifications for the winter and spring seasons.[21]


Core members of the school's administration are:[22]

  • Paul Berardelli - Principal[23]
  • Helen Divens - Vice Principal
  • George Passante - Vice Principal
  • Dr. Piera Gravenor - Superintendent
  • Dr. Melissa Williams - Assistant Superintendent


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Delsea Regional High Sch, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 8, 2012.
  2. ^ About Us, Delsea Regional School District. Accessed July 12, 2011. "The Delsea Regional HS District is a regional public school district serving students from two communities in Gloucester County, New Jersey. The district serves students in grades 7-12 from Elk Township and Franklin Township."
  3. ^ Shamlin, William S. "A sprawling rural township: 3 Landmarks in Franklin", Courier-Post, October 19, 2006. Accessed July 12, 2011. "1960 Delsea Regional High School opens accepting students from Franklin and Elk townships Prior to that children attend high school in Clayton."
  4. ^ Kephart, Bill and Mary. "A history of education in Gloucester County", Gloucester County Voices, September 12, 2010. Accessed July 12, 2011. "By the 1960s regional high schools were built. Clearview Regional High School was the first regional high school to open. The opening of Delsea Regional High School soon followed. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of both Clearview Regional High School and Delsea Regional High School."
  5. ^ A Feasibility Study for the Franklin Township, Elk Township, and Delsea Regional High School Districts, Statistical Forecasting LLC for the Franklin Township Public Schools, March 2004. Accessed July 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 24, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 22, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Accessed March 11, 2012.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 24, 2012.
  11. ^ History of NJSIAA Girls Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2011.
  12. ^ Pesyna, Matt. "Delsea wins sectional in eight innings", The Daily Journal (Vineland), June 6, 2005. Accessed July 30, 2007. "After waiting two extra days to play in the South Jersey Group III championship, the Delsea Regional High School baseball team had no problem staying patient for eight more innings. It's Delsea's first sectional baseball championship since 1990."
  13. ^ 2005 Baseball - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 30, 2007.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2011.
  15. ^ 2005 Football - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 30, 2007.
  16. ^ Staff. "Delsea 17, West Deptford 14", The Star-Ledger, December 5, 2008. Accessed July 12, 2011. "Mike Straubmiller kicked the winning 23-yard field goal as time expired to lead Delsea to a 17-14 victory over West Deptford in the NJSIAA/Gatorade South Jersey, Group 2 championship game last night in Franklinville. Austin Medley scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter when Delsea scored 10 unanswered points."
  17. ^ Staff. "South Jersey Group 2 final: Delsea 40, Haddonfield 22", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 4, 2009. Accessed July 12, 2011. "Sean McPherson’s 5-yard TD run with 40.3 seconds left gave Delsea a 40-22 lead. Delsea set a single-season South Jersey record for scoring, with 510 points. The old mark was 506 by Paulsboro in 2001."
  18. ^ Running backs Austin Medley and Sean McPherson each ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Chris Jackson also picked up two scores as Delsea, No. 9 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, cruised to a 40-22 victory over Haddonfield in the NJSIAA/Gatorade South Jersey, Group 2 championship last night at Delsea."
  19. ^ Cross Country State Group Team Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 11, 2011.
  20. ^ Seventh Annual ShopRite Cup 2009‐2010 Final Standings, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2011.
  21. ^ Eighth Annual ShopRite Cup 2010‐2011 Final Standings, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 12, 2011.
  22. ^ Administrative Staff, Delsea Regional School District. Accessed November 15, 2011.
  23. ^ Barna, John. "Delsea names former football player as high school principal", Gloucester County Times, May 29, 2011. Accessed July 11, 2011. "A former professional football player has been named principal at Delsea Regional High School.Delsea HS principal announcement.jpgPaul Berardelli will assume the role this fall. He started his career at Delsea in 1992 as a substitute teacher in the high school, taught special education for five years and became the high school’s vice principal in 1998."

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